CDNG records Raw images from a camera’s sensor as a sequence of individual frames rather than video. This gives you more flexibility over white balance, noise reduction & debayering in post-production.
This update unlocks 12bit 4K or high frame rate slow motion from Sony Raw, 4K for Canon and 12bit 4K recording for the Panasonic.
According to Atomos…
“Having Raw output from the Sony FS700, FS7 & FS5 enables high frame rate 2K recording along with higher quality 12-bit 4:4:4 images from the sensor. In uncompressed 10-bit video over SDI the maximum frame rate in HD for all 3 cameras is capped at 60p, but the Raw output enables high frame rate slow motion 100/120/200/240p capture.”
“Upgrade your camera with the Atomos Shogun series to record the Raw output as CDNG Raw or direct to Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHR. This lets users not wanting to go through the longer Raw post production workflow to record super slow motion footage from the Raw output of the camera to Apple ProRes video on the Shogun series and bring it into their regular video editing workflow. For those comfortable with editing in Raw, images are recorded to CDNG as 12-bit 4:4:4, particularly useful for higher end productions and green screen applications who prefer no Chroma sub sampling.”
“The Raw license is free on the Atomos Shogun series right back to the original Shogun. Raw output from the FS5/FS700 requires a paid update to Sony & requires the add-on Sony XDCA-FS7 in the case of the FS7.”
“Canon’s Raw output is different to Sony’s, providing 10-bit images with a baked in Log and Gamut. The big advantage of capturing the Raw from the C300MKII and C500 is that it transforms these cameras from HD to 4Kp30 cameras. Once again, the user can record this as an Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHR video for speed & convenience or preserve the Raw as CDNG for precise manipulation in post-production.”
“Panasonic Varicam LT’s Raw output, like the Canon models, transform the single SDI output from HD only into a 12-bit 4K 30p camera.”
“For this free firmware update, only CDNG Raw recording is available with the Raw to ProRes or DNxHR recording coming in a future firmware update.”
Where to get it:
The CDNG Raw download is free and will be available starting March 30th 2017
Download the latest firmware for CDNG here: https://www.atomos.com/firmware
Download Shogun Inferno, Shogun Flame, Shogun assets here: http://assets.atomos.com/
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